Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve


Towering cliffs, sheer limestone ledges, and waterfalls are but a few of the spectacular features of this preserve. Located near the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the topography of Pinnacle NAP has been modified by the forces of weather, water, and time to create this dramatic landscape. Towering above Big Cedar Creek is an impressive rock formation, the Pinnacle, from which the area derives its name. Cut from dolomite, the Pinnacle rises 400 feet above Big Cedar Creek. The Preserve's unique habitats support at least nine rare species and two rare natural communities.


The preserve is open year-round. Public facilities include parking, a suspension foot-bridge, and hiking trails.

A preserve guide factsheet (PDF) and map are available to assist in planning your visit. 

Part or all of the preserve may be periodically closed for resource protection or prescribed burning activities.

Here is a link to a website created by a dedicated Pinnacle volunteer and amateur photographer Richard Kretz. Still under construction, this site has lots of additional photos and information about the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve.


From Abingdon, follow US 19 north to Lebanon. Take US 19 (Business) into Lebanon. Turn left onto VA 82 towards Cleveland. Turn right onto VA 640. Bear right onto VA 640 where VA 740 comes in. Turn left onto VA 721 and follow it into the preserve.

Contact Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

Contact Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve

Claiborne Woodall, Southwest Regional Supervisor
Department of Conservation and Recreation, Division of Natural Heritage
Phone: (276) 676-5673


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Russell County, Virginia